Last Friday a grisly discovery was found in Dayton, Ohio; a woman’s body was brutally mauled to death by two dogs and left to die on the sidewalk outside of her home, nearly nude as her clothes and coat were ripped to shreds. Identified as Klonda Richey, 57, the woman had been dubbed a dedicated animal lover by friends and co-workers. Richey worked at the Montgomgery County of Job and Family Services for 25 years. The organization spoke to the press, advising Richey will always be remembered “fondly,” in the hearts of her family, friends and co-workers.
Sadly, this was not the first time Richey would yell for help. The dedicated cat lover had been experiencing trouble with two mixed breeds, potentially Bull Mastiff mixes, who reportedly, lived next door. Last summer the pair charged at the frightened woman and Richey took shelter in home. She called the police, but police officers stated they followed protocol and contacted the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC). The officials from the organization showed up two hours after the complaint. No dogs were located and none captured during the call.
This past week saw the ARC director, Mark Kumpf back at the scene, except this time, the constant caller, Richey was dead. In the last several months, the department stated numerous calls were made to their organization from Richey regarding dogs housed at 35 East Bruce Avenue. Kumpf defended the response of his department advising the “owners” of the dogs, “have never responded” to any of the department’s calls. In this situation of no-reply, it took the life of animal lover, Richey who was brutally mauled by two dogs. Potentially the same dogs she had consistently made complaints on.
When police arrived at the horrible scene this past Friday, they reported two big dogs charged them, and the officers shot the animals dead. Richey’s neighbors, Andrew Nason and Julie Custer (pictured above) have been placed under arrest, pending charges of reckless homicide, slated to come this week.
Ann Stevens, has worked with Richey nearly 16 years called the death a “brutal aggressive way” for Richey to die. The co-worker mentioned anytime she chatted with Richey, her love for animals, especially cats were inclusive in the conversation. Stevens says it was that passion for animals that landed Richey a “special place” in her heart.
All eyes will be turning to the response level of ARC and its director, Kumpf, to determine why after nine calls within the past several months, nothing more was done. The director mentioned attempts to contact the arrested neighbors were made, but nothing surfaced. 2 News out of Ohio spoke to the agency and is requesting the call logs, to review the severity of the calls. Was ARC merely taking Richey’s calls at surface value without a full investigation? For neighbors that were located easily by police and placed under arrest – just how far did ARC go to find the neighbors?
These will be questions demanded by family, friends and co-workers over the next few weeks. The county coroner has advised Richey’s autopsy will be released as early as Monday. Once released, formal charges against the neighbors will be placed. Further yet, an investigation within ARC will become the centerpoint of review. Richey, a dedicated animal lover, who had called previously on her neighbor’s dogs, was brutally mauled to death this past Friday. As information is updated, the public will be notified.